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Alaskan crude oil tanker operator choice of ballast water treatment system

Mon 18 Feb 2019 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

Alaskan crude oil tanker operator choice of ballast water treatment system
Alaskan Legend: a 2006 US-built twin-engine, twin-propeller VLCC to be retrofitted with Ecochlor BWMS

Ecochlor’s IMO and USCG type-approved ballast water management system (BWMS) has been chosen by the Alaska Tanker Company (ATC) for retrofit on board three VLCC crude oil tankers with an option for one additional vessel.

These vessels primarily transport crude oil from Alaska to the US west coast refineries, particularly in California and Washington. After the Exxon Valdez incident these Pacific Northwest areas now have some of the highest environmental standards and are specifically designated in the new VIDA legislation that was signed late in 2017 for more stringent requirements.

The installations will start in Q3 2019 and run through 2021 at the Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore.

ATC was created in 1999 by Keystone Shipping Company, which owns 37.5%, OSG Ship Management (37.5%) and BP Oil Shipping Company, USA (25%) to consolidate BP’s Alaskan crude-oil shipping requirements into one operating company.

ATC’s chief executive Anil Mather said “We have been diligently evaluating BWMS to find one that will suit our needs – specifically a system that not only unfailingly meets the US Federal and State environmental compliance standards, but one that is easy to operate and will keep our crew safe.

"Crew safety and environmental protection are of paramount concern to ATC and we expect the same from our operational partners. Further, ATC recognises its responsibility to the citizens of the US west coast states, including Alaska. Thus, our ships must not only meet and exceed environmental standards, they must do so reliably to ensure that there is no interruption of critical oil supplies.

"Ecochlor understands these requirements and has agreed to work with us to ensure we meet these high standards”

Ecochlor’s chief executive Steve Candito, said, “ATC has a reputation of shipping oil with the utmost concern for personnel safety and environmental protection. They have a ‘culture of responsibility, accountability at all levels’ and we are proud to have been selected by a vessel owner with such high standards. I look forward to our ongoing relationship – providing BWMS and after sales service with the excellence in performance that they demand.”


Still choosing a ballast water treatment system for your tanker fleet? Time is running out to meet the deadline, but you still have time to book your place to hear more at the Asian Tanker Conference.

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